Just Now: Jacolby Criswell Enters Transfer; Taylen Green Takes Over…

QB Taylen Green of Arkansas is set to spearhead Bobby Petrino’s attack, as Jacolby Criswell logs into the transfer portal.

At North Carolina, Criswell supported NFL quarterbacks Sam Howell and Drake Maye.

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According to 247Sports, Arkansas quarterback Jacolby Criswell, a serious candidate for the starting quarterback position, has accessed the transfer site. With Criswell gone, Boise State transfer Taylen Green can now establish himself as the starting quarterback.

When Criswell enrolled at North Carolina, he was considered a blue-chip prospect. He was instrumental in providing backup for Drake Maye and Sam Howell, two potential NFL players. He left for Arkansas in pursuit of opportunities, where he spent another season as KJ Jefferson’s backup.

Criswell was slated to start when Jefferson decided to transfer to UCF for the 2024 season, but the coaches eventually signed Green as a transfer to compete.

Criswell re-enters the transfer portal in hopes of getting playing time after Green showed promise during spring training. Due to his unused waiver from the COVID year, Green is categorized as a redshirt senior for the following season but might play for up to two more years. In a minimal quarterback switch class, Criswell is one of the best players looking for playing time. At the Group of Five level, he may possibly challenge for a starting position or offer some depth.

Considering the future

As the contest draws to a close, attention shifts on Green, a former Boise State starter of two years. Over the previous two seasons, the product of Lewisville, Texas, passed for 3,794 yards and 25 touchdowns. In only the last two seasons, he has amassed 1,024 running yards and 19 touchdowns, adding a dynamic element to his game. Green guided Boise State to their first Mountain West title since 2019 as a sophomore.

Green now takes over an Arkansas offense in dire need of development. The hiring of Bobby Petrino as offensive coordinator by the Razorbacks, a team that sacked him in disgrace little over ten years ago, came with risk. Green appears to be a wonderful match for the Petrino offense thus far in spring camp. While in the first half of the spring game, Green completed 17 of 22 throws for 243 yards and three touchdowns. On the ground, he added fifteen yards.

Sam Pittman, Arkansas’s fifth-year coach, leads the team into a crucial 2024 campaign. The Razorbacks finished with a 1-7 record in SEC play and a No. 116 national ranking in yards per play—the lowest in the conference. Pittman is just 11-23 in the SEC but has a 23-25 record throughout four seasons.

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